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Gen. and Mrs. Ridgway take a bobsled ride, 1953

Ted Rohde ©Stars and Stripes
Garmisch, Germany, January, 1953: Supreme Allied Commander in Europe Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, center, and his wife, Penny, prepare for a bobsled ride with members of the U.S. team during the International Winter Sports Week. The driver is Lloyd Johnson of Rapid City, S.D.; the brakeman is Capt. Hubert Miller, of Saranac Lake, N. Y. Asked later how the ride on the sled nicknamed "Widow Maker" compared with jumping out of airplanes (he parachuted into Normandy with his 82nd Airborne Division troops during the World War II D-Day invasion), Ridgway replied, "I think I know where I am in the air better than I did on this sled."

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